IMG_3567Transition Town Hastings have negotiated with Southeastern Railway to develop a community garden on the disused land around the perimeter of the northerly platform at Warrior Square Station, writes Sarah Macbeth.

Community gardens provide fresh produce and plants as well as improving the local neighbourhood and creating a sense of community and connection to the land. Since restarting last year, Transition Town Hastings have been looking to set up a growing project as it closely aligns with their objectives to move to a low-carbon, socially-just, healthier and happier future in the town.

It will be the first community growing space since the closure of the popular Moveable Feast Garden on Western Road.

The plan is to plant an orchard of fruit trees (cherry, crab apple, damson and plum etc, creating a mass of pink and white blossom in spring), build raised beds containing edible plants on the lower, flat parts of what is currently lawn and weeds, fruit bushes and climbers (like honeysuckle, jasmine and fuchsia) along the railings on the high north side and ornamental plants interspersed elsewhere.

Work began in December 2015 with a group of 9 people clearing the foliage and clearing rubbish. Passengers and passers-by are generally very supportive and a number have turned up to help at the next session.

The group meets roughly every other weekend and the next session is 6th Feb 10-1pm. Bring some tools and gloves if you can. They are also asking volunteers to donate plants or propagate plants from their gardens and allotments. The success of the project will be down to local residents getting involved and sharing the fruits of their labour. Just imagine stepping off the train and thinking ‘Oh I could do with a courgette for my dinner tonight’!

The Transition movement is a global grassroots initiative working to help build resilience into local communities and wider society as we face growing scarcity of oil reserves, the effects of climate change, exponential human population growth and over-consumption of available natural resources.

To find out more and get involved, visit www.transitiontownhastings.org.uk
or email info@transitiontownhastings.org.uk.